A Monster Calls rehearsals at the Old Vic in photos

Patrick Ness’ novel is being adapted for the stage for the first time, with direction by Sally Cookson

Matthew Tennyson in A Monster Calls
Matthew Tennyson in A Monster Calls
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Photos have been released offering a first look at the stage adaptation of Patrick Ness' novel A Monster Calls in rehearsals.

The piece, directed by Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), is based on the best-selling novel and tells the story of a young boy, Conor (Matthew Tennyson). Dealing with the imminent loss of his mother and a tempestuous time at school, Conor finds his life complicated by the clandestine arrival of a big tree monster.

The production will open at Bristol Old Vic next month, before transferring to London's Old Vic. The novel was adapted into a 2016 film of the same name, starring Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson.

Adam Peck will write the show with the company, with set design by Michael Vale, costume design by Katie Sykes, composition by Benji Bower, lighting by Aideen Malone, sound by Mike Beer, projection by Dick Straker, casting by Jessica Ronane, movement by Dan Canham, puppetry by Laura Cubitt, aerial work by Matt Costain and associate direction by Miranda Cromwell.